ECN352 Poverty and Inequality

Credits (ECTS):10

Course responsible:Arild Einar Bjørn Angelsen

Campus / Online:Taught campus Ås

Teaching language:Engelsk

Course frequency:Annually

Nominal workload:250 hours

Teaching and exam period:This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel.

About this course

The course covers the central debates in the current poverty and inequality literature. It is divided into three parts: (i) concepts and perspectives on the causes of poverty and inequality; (ii) methods and tools for measuring poverty and inequality; (iii) and policies and instruments for poverty reduction and less inequality.

Learning outcome

The aim of this course is to introduce students to a range of perspectives and methods in the study of poverty and inequality, thereby acquiring a thorough understanding of key debates and controversies. The course is also designed to provide students with the practical and analytical skills needed to undertake their own analysis.
  • A combination of lectures, student presentations and class discussions. There are two assignments which each count for 30% of the grade: one home assignment on poverty and inequality calculations, and one a class presentation, in pairs, on a self-selected topic of relevance to the course.
  • The instructors hold office hours and are available through e-mail consultations. Detailed feedback is provided on the assignments, including feedback provided electronically throughout the semester. There is a separate training session on Excel for those not familiar with the programme.
  • Portfolio assessment, consisting of three separate parts: (1) an individual assignment on quantitative poverty and inequality analysis (30%); (2) one in-class presentation on a chosen topic (two students collaborate on the presentation) (30%), and (3) a closed-book, school exam with a combination of open-ended and multiple-choice questions (40%). If you fail one of them, you fail the course. All assignments will be given letter grades, and the course grade is the average of the three grades on the assignments.
  • External examiner controls the quality of syllabus, course contents, and the evaluation method. The assignments are graded by internal examiners.
  • Compulsory 80% attendance of the classes with student presentations. Mandatory activities are valid until the next time the course is offered.
  • The course is in English. Incoming students can contact student advisors at the School of Economics and Business ( for admission to the course.
  • Approx. 18 lectures (2 hours each) + 4-6 classes with student presentations.
  • Letter grades
  • Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse).